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Summit drives mobility pricing dialogue

November 25, 2013
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Claire Havens, Carbon Talks, 778.782.8901, ceh1@sfu.ca
Scott McLean, PAMR, 778.782.5151, srmclean@sfu.ca

Metro Vancouver’s transportation policy has long been the subject of heated debate, but a day-long stakeholder summit on Nov. 29, convened by Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue, aims at using dialogue to explore one potential mechanism to pay for roads and manage traffic congestion: mobility pricing.

Moving in Metro will draw on the expertise of transportation experts, elected officials, business and community leaders, as well as members of the public, to discuss a concept that proponents say shifts the responsibility of paying for roads onto those who use them the most. The summit is the culmination of a series of dialogues held with the public throughout the month of October.

Keynote speaker and former Executive Director of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority José Luis Moscovich will join panellists Richard Walton (Mayor of North Vancouver), Robin Lindsey (professor at the Sauder School of Business at UBC), and Bob Wilds (managing director of the Greater Vancouver Gateway Council), to share perspectives on how Metro Vancouver might implement mobility pricing, as well as the challenges moving forward.

Friday’s event takes place at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at SFU’s Vancouver campus, and runs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Members of the media interested in attending are advised to contact Claire Havens (ceh1@sfu.ca).

Following Friday’s summit, the Centre for Dialogue will assemble summit outcomes into a report that will be available to the public and disseminated to decision-makers.

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 120,000 alumni in 130 countries.

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